Sex Offender Maps November 3, Andy Murphy Last week in my article about halloween safety tips, I brought up using an online service to find and map sex offenders. Researching this information can be daunting. I would suggest that someone in your home be brave enough to look at this several times a year to make sure that you are aware of any dangers in your area. Now there are a variety of sites out there that will tell you they run a search based on your input of a state, name, zip code or address.
Do not use these. They will build you a profile based on the information you put in, but it will require an email address to get the information. This is just a ploy to get your email address. There are plenty of sites that do not require an email address because this is FREE information provided by law enforcement agencies.
This site does provide a map for you without an email address. The process is quick and easy. However this site does not directly pull information from the official databases. Upon closer inspection you will find that Family Watchdog search results are provided by BeenVerifyed. Family Watchdog does provide fast information in an easy to use format.
When searching your zip code you get a clean, Google Maps overlay with red, pink and green markers on it. Those markers are registered sex offenders.
The red, pink and green color codes differentiate the degree of offense. Red being the worst. When you click on a marker you get a profile on the offender with information like birth date, height, weight and a photo.
At the bottom you can click on the charges leveled against that individual. You will need to submit to terms and conditions every time you use the app. The map populates with house icons that let you know the name, address and photo of the registered sex offender when you tap on it. You can click on the pop up box for more information. Remember not all sex offenders have committed acts against a minor.
The app has a narrow scope of use, but it is still a good resource for families that travel or who are considering moving to a new neighborhood.